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Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] This is why I don't work in IT, was: Re: Entirely not shop related, but...
From: Tim <>
Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2012 18:41:07 -0500 (EST)
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Since there are others on this list that will be albe to answer the IT 
part of this better than I can, all I want to talk about right now is 
the Best Buy part of this problem....

If you bought software from them based on THEIR incorrect 
information/guidance....then they should make good on THEIR error. If I 
was you I would make a stink and see to it that they make it right.

Did you pay with a credit card? I'd call your credit card company and 
see if they can help as well.


On Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 2:44 PM, Scott wrote:

> Okay, bought new Win8 discs.  Bought new Samsung 250GB SSD.
> Put SSD in laptop, works. Installed Win8, works.
> Win8 is not 'activated', because the discs I purchased appear to be 
> for an upgrade, not a clean installation, according to the popup when 
> typing in the activation key.
> I asked specifically that question at Best Buy when buying the 
> discs--can I put a NEW HD in my laptop, NO CLONING and install this 
> Win8 set? They said yes. There's nothing on the packaging that says 
> 'upgrade'. Not that it matters, but I suspect my solution is illegal, 
> so I'm staking out the moral high ground now.
> I don't want to clone anything from the old drive to the new one. I 
> have the cables, but they (the drives) are different capacities, and 
> last time I tried that it all went bad. I also don't want to risk any 
> malware going from the old drive to the new one.
> I'm inclined to say screw it and just use the Win8 on the laptop in 
> its unactivated state--it seems to work fine. Am I risking jail time 
> or anything else awful? I assume I cannot return the Win8 set to Best 
> Buy and buy the 'right' set.
> On a side note, there are no Win8 video drivers on Dell's website for 
> an E6400, and the display randomly shuts off, but then it did that on 
> the old HD, too, but only after I installed Win8.
> This is why I avoid IT stuff on my own. Is the 'right' solution to 
> clone the old drive, and if so, can any one recommend a web tutorial 
> written as if for a five year-old, but that is also comprehensive? I'd 
> need to clone an 80 GB drive to a 250 GB SSD, and I want the bare 
> minimum necessary to be kosher with those Redmond bastages.
> And Dell sucks. All hail Lenovo. This crap never happened on our 
> Lenovo machines.
> Scott
> _______________________________________________

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